Richmond Sockeyes didn’t have to wait long to rebound from their first loss of the season.
One night after dropping a 6-5 decision to the Aldergrove Kodiaks, the Sockeyes defeated the Langley Trappers by the same score 24 hours later at Minoru Arenas. The split leaves Richmond with a 8-1-0-0 record in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Tom Shaw Conference — four points back of the North Vancouver Wolf Pack but with two games in hand.
Coming off a big 5-0 win over the Wolf Pack a week earlier, the Sockeyes stumbled out of the gate against the 1-4-0-1 Kodiaks and never could recover.
The hosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the early stages of the second period. Power play goals by Marcus Pantazis and Craig Schouten cut the lead in half before Clayton Schroeder made it 5-2.
It got interesting in the third thanks to a pair of goals by Nick Wilson and another by Noah Kelly but Richmond could not complete the comeback.
It was another high scoring affair at Minoru with Ryleigh Anderson’s second of the night early in the period providing the difference against the Trappers. Garrett Wicks also scored twice while Gabriel Suessenbacher-Fu and Schouten had the others.
Jacob Stone made 18 saves for the win.
The Sockeyes return to action Thursday when Port Moody is in town at 7 p.m.